The 2018 Victoria Classic Boat Festival took place at the Inner Harbour. (Photo by James Holkko)

Ahoy! Ships from all over northwest coast will moor at the Inner Harbour this weekend

SALTS tall ships return on Friday just in time for the 42nd Annual Victorial Classic Boat Festival

Will you be sittin’ on the dock of the bay Otis Redding-style when the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) tall ships return to Ship Point at Victoria’s Inner Harbour?

After 10 days at sea, at 11 a.m. on Friday, crews and trainees aboard the Pacific Swift and the Pacific Grace will bring the boats home — just in time for the 42nd Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival which takes place from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

SALTS, a registered charity, was founded in 1974 and offers folks ages 13-25 the opportunity to participate in sailing programs that run from five to ten days. About 1,700 young people take part in the sailing trips aboard the two tall ships operated by SALT. Trainees get to travel through B.C.’s Inside Passage and explore Desolation Sound, the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii and other more secluded spots along the province’s west coast.

Both SALTS tall ships will be entered in the festival, said Communications Coordinator Christa Brunt. Volunteers and former trainees will lead guided tours of the ships from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Classic boats sail into Victoria’s inner harbour to celebrate 40 years

READ ALSO: Rain not slowing racers at Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Aside from tours, the festival will include a race and a sail-past — adapted from the 200-year-old British tradition where Admirals and Royalty would review fleets for special occasions. The sail-past and the races take place on Sept. 1 and can be admired from Holland Point Park.

“This event truly showcases floating works of art that make up an important part of our maritime heritage,” said Don Prittie, General Manager of Canoe Cove Marina and principle sponsor of the festival.

The festival began in 1977 and gives attendees the opportunity to check out ships new and old, power and sail, work-boats and cruisers, said Festival Chair William Noon. Vessels come from from all over the Pacific Northwest to attend and the festival usually draws a crowd of about 10,000.

“The festival’s open docks, events, and activities serve to engage our community and visitors on our maritime history, culture, and its ongoing story,” said Noon.

Admission to the fesitval is by donation. For more information about the SALTS programs, visit salts.ca.


@devonscarlett
devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Some 5,000 residents on the Saanich Peninsula have signed up for alert system

Sidney hosts Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Exhibition Friday

Central Saanich Police issue recommendations to homeowners after break-in

Incident happened over weekend in Tanner Ridge area

B.C. population on pace to fall behind Alberta

Provincial population could reach almost seven million in 2043, but Alberta is growing faster

Greater Victoria could see a months worth of rain within a week this fall

Weather Network predicts wet, warm fall season for B.C.

Saanich brings Uptown-Douglas Corridor draft plan to the public

Feedback from residents will help finalize the plan

‘It’s almost surreal’: B.C. fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9% as gas prices weaken

August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Most Read